Aquatics About Cichlids: What Is Aulonocara “German Red”?

Aulonocara “German Red”

  • Common Name: German Red, Rubescense, Rubin Red, Ruby Red, Miami Red, and most recently Strawberry Peacock.  It is still possible to get fish from the same spawn that has the red coloration, fish with more orange coloration, and fish with the original yellow coloration.  When this occurs the fish without the red coloration are then called Tangerines.
  • Location Collected From: A-line bred color variant of Aulonocara sp. Maleri from Chipoka.  There are some people that consider this fish to be a hybrid between an Aulonocara and a Protomelas species.
  • Approximate Size: Males reach a size of about 5 inches with females staying smaller.
  • Food: Not picky.  They will eat just about anything from flake, to pellet and even frozen or live foods.
  • Water Conditions: They like to have a pH between 7.6 and 9 with a temperature between 76 and 82 degrees.
  • Breeding Behavior: Mouthbrooder.  The males will chase the females and other fish while defending their territory.  They like to have rocks and caves to hide in.  Due to the risk of crossbreeding, this species and all other species of Aulonocara should be kept in separate tanks.
  • Care of the Fry: The fry should be fed several feedings a day.  They also have a history of being fragile and slow-growing.
  • Tankmates: I have seen them kept with Labidochromis caeruleus, Labidochromis sp. Hongi, Psuedotropheus lombardoi “Kenyi”, Cynotilapia afra, Neolamprologus leleupi, and Cyphotilapia frontosa.

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